Elizabeth (Ely) Hernandez Lopez is originally from Tepic, Nayarit Mexico and as of October 2023 is a member of LAJC as an ACA Navigator- Health Justice Paralegal. Elizabeth in 1991 obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Administration, as well as Community Advocate Certification and other certificates in Theology from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. Elizabeth has always demonstrated a passion as a community advocate in her community helping Hispanic families and migrant farm worker groups by defending their equal rights as individuals. Elizabeth worked for the Independence, VA Public Schools for 17 years as a Language Instruction Education Program (ESL) in the Special Education office and at the same time advocating for the rights of students/parents by defending them from racial discrimination in the educational system and ensuring that students obtained a decent education. Since 1999 Elizabeth and her husband Javier along with their two sons Miky and David have been living in Virginia where for the past 4 years, they have owned a Coffee Shop which is a community outreach center.